At long last, Star Wars finally got the info-dump they've been waiting for in early December, when Disney held its virtual Investor's Day event. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed several new TV series coming to Disney+ in the years to come, including Ahsoka, Rangers of the New Republic, and Leslye Headland's The Acolyte. Kennedy also touched on the future of the feature film slate, announcing that Patty Jenkins will be directing the next Star Wars film, Rogue Squadron, and Taika Waititi is hard at work on his own piece in the galaxy far, far away.
But there was a noticeable lack of news on the film set to be produced by Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios and a massive fan of the Star Wars franchise himself. It was recently reported that Michael Waldron, the writer for the MCU's upcoming series Loki, will pen the script, but little more about the project has been revealed up to this point.
Kennedy's future with Lucasfilm has been a matter of speculation for several years since the polarizing release of The Last Jedi and has only grown with time, leading many to wonder if Feige's film would be an intro for the executive to eventually take over the company.
Now, fans have an answer.
In an interview with Collider, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, when asked if such fan speculation had any credence, declared that he has no other involvement with the future of Star Wars beyond his film, saying:
"Not at all."
WHAT THIS MEANS
Well, there you have it folks. Kevin Feige is not taking over Lucasfilm, despite countless articles and YouTube videos suggesting otherwise.
Frankly, there was just no way such a thing would be possible, even if Disney is considering making a change at Lucasfilm's leadership position. Feige has more than enough on his plate with the MCU, overseeing dozens of projects that will be featured on both silver and TV screens, and taking over the reins for Star Wars would end in a stress-induced heart attack for the producer.
Given the volume of projects announced by Lucasfilm during the Investor's Meeting, it's clear that the company already has plan going forward, and new leadership would only ruffle feathers as the next era of Star Wars gets underway. Kathleen Kennedy's tenure as president of the company hasn't come without its mistakes, with the production turmoils for many of the new films and the overall reception to the Sequel Trilogy being heavy points of criticism for the producer.
But it seems as though Lucasfilm has learned from their mistakes, and things are being meticulously planned out as the company moves forward. The success of The Mandalorian has undoubtedly had an impact on the trajectory of the franchise, as Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni are spearheading much of what's to come for Star Wars on Disney+.
It will be interesting to see what becomes of Feige's film, as he's such a die-hard fan of the franchise, but beyond that he simply doesn't have the time to oversee another company with massive productions. There are plenty of valid opinions regarding Kennedy's work in the Star Wars space and what someone like Feige could have to offer to the franchise, but for now no changes will be made on this front and we can all hope for excellent content going forward, regardless of who's in charge.